To meet the fast-growing need of Personal Computers (PCs) in the country, Assocham, on Monday, suggested a 'marketing of the nation' effort to induce leading PC manufacturers from US, Japan, Taiwan or Korea to begin a facility of assembling one million PCs a year in Special Economic Zones (SEZ).
Stating this chairman of the digital committee of the chamber, Dilip Modi, said, India requires five-ten million PCs a year to execute aggressive IT-isation in all sectors. Both China and Malaysia have essentially created a strong base of specialised hardware industries by active marketing of the country.
Setting up of such specialised, interlinked units has encouraged clustering of the hardware industries, which needs to be planned in various states also, he said.
The hardware export sector in the last five years was a bag of mixed results. After a sharp decline of 10.22 per cent during 1997-98 and 27 per cent during 1998-99, it had bounced back to show positive growth rate of 27 per cent during 1999-00.
The estimated export performance of Rs 4788 crore during 2000-01 exhibited a growth of 84.15 per cent over the year 1999-2000. Assocham said under the WTO regime, the IT industry was going to face zero duty regime and convergence would lead to a fast-changing technology environment.